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Tapas Brindisa – Dog Friendly Al fresco Tapas in South Kensington, London

Updated: May 7, 2023

Written in collaboration with TwoStomachs.com

Tapas Brindisa Spanish Restaurant South Kensington Dog Friendly Al Fresco Review

This is one of five Brindisa restaurants now strategically located in every corner of London. A great success story since its humble beginnings in Borough Market in 2004. This branch is fresh from a facelift and reopened on 30th July 2020 – making best use of the downtime from the COVID-19 lockdown - with a large dog friendly beautiful outdoor seating area.



What is the food like?


Delicious selection of classic Spanish tapas plus intriguing extras. You will find popular dishes like prawns in chilli & garlic infused olive oil (gambas al ajillo), potato & onion omelette (tortilla), ham croquettes and fried potatoes in tomato sauce (patatas bravas). Perfect pickings to accompany glasses of wine, cocktails or beers while catching up with friends or family.


Tapas Brindisa Spanish Restaurant South Kensington Dog Friendly Al Fresco Review Squid Ring Calamari


How is the drinks selection?


Of course there is sangria, made with either cava or red wine. There is also a healthy selection of cocktails from firm favourites like martini, negroni, brandy sour, old fashioned and margarita. £9.50++ each. Estrella Galicia Lager is available on tap and a couple of other bottle beers/IPAs are also available.


For wine, it is strictly Spanish only. There is a selection of about 10 reds and 6 whites with most also available by the glass. A handful of roses, sparkling wines, sherrys and fortified wines are also available.



What is the place like?


Brindisa is a great place for casual occasions with friends or family. The decor is modern and clean. The white marble top tapas counter and the open kitchen is inviting and relaxed. The large al fresco dog friendly seating in the middle of Exhibition Road is reminiscent of summer days in Spain (on the occasions when the weather complies in London).


Tapas Brindisa Spanish Restaurant South Kensington Dog Friendly Al Fresco Review Front


Who are the patrons?


Being a stones-throw away from some of the most popular museums in London, it is a hot spot for tourists from across the globe. In the evenings, the trendy locals recolonise the place to exchange office gossip with colleagues or friends as well as couples sharing more intimate moments on date nights.



How was the service?


Friendly and personal. Staff were attentive and alert. Tap water bottles were refilled without being prompted. Food was delivered in good time after ordering. The bill was followed-up with the credit card machine shortly after.



Is it dog friendly?


Yes, dogs are welcome at the c.60 pax outdoor/ al fresco seating area. Gracie was given a fresh bowl of water on arrival before we even asked at this dog friendly restaurant in South Kensington.


Tapas Brindisa Spanish Restaurant South Kensington Dog Friendly Al Fresco Review


Good value?


Decent. The prices are reflective in the quality of the food, service and atmosphere that you would expect at a quality casual dining establishment such as Brindisa.






 

See below for what my dining companions and I indulged in for this review:



Starters (Picoteo)


Calamares a la Romana

Tapas Brindisa Spanish Restaurant South Kensington Dog Friendly Al Fresco Review Squid Ring Calamari

The star of the day. It was so good that we had to double our order. These are no ordinary fried squid rings or calamari. The batter was so light and the squid was fresh and flavoursome. Perfect with a little dip in the accompanying alioli condiment. £8++



Croquetas de Jamon

Tapas Brindisa Spanish Restaurant South Kensington Dog Friendly Al Fresco Review Croquettes

Crispy on the outside, rich and flavoursome on the inside. The Iberian ham added a deeper dimension to these perfectly deep fried croquettes. £6++ (for 3 pieces, additional £2 per piece)


 


Boards


Jamon Iberico de Bellota

Tapas Brindisa Spanish Restaurant South Kensington Dog Friendly Al Fresco Review Jamon Iberico

It is always an indulgent treat to have mouth-watering cured ham. Jamon Iberico de Bellota is the finest variety and is produced from free-range pigs fed on acorns from the region of Extremadura in Spain. We felt the carver could have done with a bit more practice in producing a more paper-thin slice. £22++



 


Meat & Fish Tapas


Cordero con Arrocinas

Tapas Brindisa Spanish Restaurant South Kensington Dog Friendly Al Fresco Review Lamb

Beautifully cooked chunk of juicy lamb rump in a bed of Arrocina beans & mint. £15++


Gambas al Ajillo

Tapas Brindisa Spanish Restaurant South Kensington Dog Friendly Al Fresco Review Gambas Al Ajillo

A healthy portion of peeled king prawns cooked in chilli and garlic infused olive oil. The prawns were a touch overdone in this occasion and we would have preferred it with a bit more chilli. £9++


Pulpo con Chistorra

Tapas Brindisa Spanish Restaurant South Kensington Dog Friendly Al Fresco Review Octopus

Perfectly grilled fresh octopus in a bed of green peas. The meat was tender and full of natural flavours. £16++


++ after the prices indicate that this restaurant adds a discretionary 12.5% service charge to your bill



 

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